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System solutions for an iconic landmark

World One in Mumbai is the tallest residential building in the world and the mega-city’s new iconic landmark. (Image: Lodha Group)

The tallest residential building in the world is currently under construction in the Indian megacity of Mumbai: the World One Tower. GF Piping Systems is responsible for the entire water supply system in this gigantic skyscraper.

A monumental construction is currently growing skywards in the heart of Mumbai: the World One in the luxurious district of Lower Parel, surrounded by hotels, exclusive boutiques, and sophisticated restaurants. On completion in 2018, it will rank as the tallest building in the subcontinent and the tallest residential building in the world. The 442-meter skyscraper will house 290 luxury apartments on 117 floors.

With their curved glass facades and sun terraces, the apartments offer future residents breathtaking views across the city and over the Arabian Sea. In addition to a large living room with home cinema, a kitchen, and various bedrooms, the apartment interiors also offer up to five bathrooms and an outdoor plunge pool. The water required is fed to the apartments through pipes provided by GF Piping Systems.

Shashank Sawant, Head of Building Technologies, GF Piping Systems in Mumbai, is the first point of contact for his customer Lodha Group.

Solutions for an increased living comfort

“We’re supplying all the World One piping systems for fresh water and waste water,” says Shashank Sawant, Head of Building Technologies at the GF Piping Systems sales office in Mumbai. Polybutylene pipes of the INSTAFLEX system combined with plug-in fittings are used for the hot and cold water supply on the floors and in the apartments. “Thanks to the iFIT jointing technology our system is not only exceptionally quick to install, but also ensures a high degree of leak protection,” explains Sawant.

We’re supplying all the World One piping systems for fresh water and waste water.

Shashank Sawant, Head of Building Technologies, GF Piping Systems, Mumbai (India)

World One residents obviously don’t wish to be disturbed by waste water noise, so the soundproofed waste water system Silenta Premium by GF Hakan made of mineral-reinforced polypropylene has been installed. As compared to PVC pipes, this material reduces the noise level from 40 db to as low as 13 db. “From the 35th floor upwards you can’t hear the street noise any more. At this height, interior noise is perceived as particularly irritating,” says Sawant. “Silenta Premium has the ability to dampen loud noises from the pipes on the inside, thereby providing increased living comfort.”

In extremely tall buildings such as the World One, GF’s plastic piping systems offer numerous other advantages. Since the pipes are very light and flexible, they help to reduce the overall weight of the building. Due to its enormous weight, the skyscraper will gradually sink into the ground over time, and this has to be incorporated in calculations at the planning stage. Furthermore, the top of World One can sway by up to 30 cm in high winds. The plastic piping can easily adapt to this movement.

Highly complex mega project

But there is still a while to go before everything is finished. The building is currently growing skywards level by level. More than 38ʼ000 meters of INSTAFLEX piping have been installed to date, along with more than 80ʼ000 iFIT fittings and 97ʼ000 iFIT adapters as well, as over 25ʼ000 meters and 40ʼ000 fittings of the Silenta Premium system. More than twice this amount of material will be required before the building is finished at the beginning of 2018.

Thanks to the iFIT jointing technology our system is not only exceptionally quick to install, but also ensures a high degree of leak protection.

Shashank Sawant, Head of Building Technologies, GF Piping Systems, Mumbai (India)

The logistics involved in this type of mega project are highly complex: the pipes for the World One are made at GF Piping Systems production facilities in Switzerland and Turkey. From there, they are transported to the subcontinent and put into interim storage at the GF Piping Systems India plant in Ratnagiri, 300 kilometers south of Mumbai, after which they are delivered to the construction site on a just-in-time basis. An expert team ensures smooth operations and punctual delivery of the numerous components. In addition to this, GF runs on-site training sessions on the correct installation of the piping systems. And these have clearly been successful. Shashank Sawant points out that the customer is very satisfied with the products and services of GF Piping Systems: “The Lodha Group, which is responsible for development and construction of World One, has already commissioned us to realize more large-scale projects.”

The team behind the mega project (from left to right): Susheel Pawar, Nitin Sawant, Shashank Sawant and Deepak Rogye.

GF Piping Systems provides solutions for hot and cold water supply as well as for the transport of used water.

In addition to the 117-floor World One, the World Towers project development include two more towers, World Crest, an already completed tower of 60 floors, and a third tower of 80 floors. (Image: Lodha Group)

World One, Mumbai

At a height of 442 meters, World One is the tallest residential building in the world and Mumbai’s new iconic landmark. The style of the skyscraper is defined by curved shapes and rounded facades. The design was created by New Yorker architecture bureau Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, famous for the glass pyramid in front of the Louvre in Paris and the John Hancock Tower in Boston. The interior design of the 290 apartments is by Armani/Casa, the interiors department of the Italian fashion label of the same name. In addition, the building has a viewing lounge at a height of 300 meters, a spa and fitness club on three floors, and a sports pavilion which includes squash and tennis courts, a jogging course, and a cricket and golf simulator. The building is surrounded by an 18ʼ000-square-meter podium park created by world-famous landscape designer Ken Smith. In addition to the 117-floor World One, the World Towers development will include two more towers, World Crest, an already completed tower of 60 floors and a third tower of 80 floors.

GF Piping Systems: Worldwide presence

GF Piping Systems supports its customers in over 100 countries through its own sales companies and representative offices. The division is present in Europe, Asia, and the Americas with more than 30 manufacturing sites and research and development centers, which also support energy-saving use of raw materials and resources.